The Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) has urged fishermen and water transport operators along the Coastline to remain vigilant as Tropical Cyclone ‘Jobo’ hits Mtwara areas and other parts of Zanzibar.
KMA Director General Robert Njue said though the Kenya Coastline may not be directly affected since Cyclone ‘Jobo’ has been weakening since Saturday.
However, Njue said Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, and Lamu may experience strong winds today Sunday morning and in the better part of the afternoon.
“All operators in the Indian Ocean should take precautions and abide with any instructions that may be given out by the authority, ” said Mr. Njue.
He further revealed that the authority is keenly following up on the situation at the Indian Ocean and will advise accordingly in case of any changes.
Meanwhile, KMA Lamu officials have appealed to fishermen and other operators in the Indian Ocean to halt their operations as the Indian Ocean may experience strong tides.
KMA Lamu official Alex Munga said Lamu county emergency response team has been manning the Indian Ocean keeping a close eye and will advise in case of any changes in the Indian Ocean.
“Lamu county has in the recent past experienced various accidents in the Indian Ocean, we should all take precautions, ” said Mr. Munga.
He urged all transport stakeholders in Lamu county that highly depend on water transport to temporary suspend their activities as they wait for more advise from the authority.
Tropical Cyclone ‘Jobo’ is expected to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds.
However, according to authorities it has been weakening in Zanzibar.